Hull History

Over 200 years ago, Warren and Polly Hull traveled from Killingworth, Connecticut through New York State and decided to settle and build their permanent home on the old Batavia Road in the town of Clarence. This location is now known as 5976 Genesee Street in the Town of Lancaster.

A visit to the Hull Family Home & Farmstead will take you back in time to hear the many stories that can be told about the house, the family and the historic events that took place in the early 19th century. You can return time and again to observe the progress of the restoration of this landmark, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993 and is also on the New York State Register of Historic Sites. Visit us and learn the stories from first-person interpreters and through interactive experiences – in 19th century fashion! We hope to see you soon!

The Stories

When we examine the lineage of Warren Hull, we find that he is descended from the immigrant, George Hull, who came to the colonies from England in the early 1630’s. Warren and his father served the country as soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Soon after Warren had settled in Western New York, the War of 1812 was fought in and around the area. In 1825, the Erie Canal was completed, drastically changing the economy across New York State. The abolitionist movement and the Civil War engaged Hull family members in the middle of the century.

While Hull family members were part of these dramatic historic events, they also contributed to their communities in more ordinary ways as farmers, teachers, attorneys, printers, artists, business owners and church and government leaders. 

All of these events and contributions are part of the Hull Family stories, which are imparted to visitors in a variety of events and programs at the site.

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